Electronic medical records probed for over-billing

By Fred Schulte

Are feds doing all they can to ferret out waste from move to electronic records?

IMPACT: Administration official asks for Medicare billing review

By Fred Schulte

Administration official wants to know if electronic health records are causing Medicare over-billing

Gingrich's health center was power player in a host of Washington policy debates

By Fred Schulte and Joe Eaton

Gingrich's Center for Health Transformation was power player on host of issues

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… sorts of activities are lobbying — or “influence peddling,” as rival Mitt Romney has claimed — is in dispute. Prodded by Romney, Gingrich has released a …"

Panel recommends new agency to investigate safety of health information technology

By Kimberly Leonard

Institute of Medicine panel recommends new regulatory body, not FDA

Excerpts from this story referencing "FDA":

"… rganization, is explicitly advising that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) not be tasked with the job at this time — a recommendation that is boun …"

"… nd other medical technology must; most of that oversight is handled by the FDA. But at the moment, no one is required to report instances of harm caused …"

"… how to maximize health IT safety.In its report, the IOM committee says the FDA would likely restrict market innovation in health IT, which could also jeo …"

"… acturers’ flexibility to address complex issues,” the report says. The FDA currently receives voluntary reports of health IT-related incidents, but h …"

As states build exchanges, questions linger about interoperability

By Josh Israel and Kimberly Leonard

Lingering questions about interoperability of state health information exchanges

Stimulus funds will build state health exchanges but might not sustain them

By Josh Israel and Kimberly Leonard

Federal stimulus money will build exchanges, but may not be enough to sustain them

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… ation within a state.The federal government started distributing the State Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program grant money in March 20 …"

"… ticular approach, the federal Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology asked each state and territory to propose a plan fo …"

"… ld meet its needs.Pam Matthews, senior director of regional affairs at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), a nonprofit that p …"

"… l, and ONC is supplying that for us,” said Dan Paoletti, CEO of the Ohio Health Information Partnership, the non-profit designated by the state to coordin …"

Health information technology: Keep it simple

By Kimberly Leonard

Reports say systems must be understandable to avoid dangerous medical errors

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… read use of electronic health records. The government will begin deducting Medicare payments from providers if they do not go digital by 2015.However, the mon …"

Health information technology: Incentives may not always serve intended purpose

By Josh Israel and Kimberly Leonard

Some payments may be going to doctors who have been using electronic health records for years

Podiatrists have their foot in the door

By Josh Israel and Kimberly Leonard

Podiatrists are taking advantage of payments for installing electronic health records

Only 15 of top 100 health information technology firms are lobbying on health IT

By Josh Israel

Many of the top health information technnology firms don't lobby on health IT

Just 16 of top health IT firms maintain corporate PACs

By Josh Israel

Many of the major players in health information technology do not sponsor corporate political action committees

Privacy advocates want stricter rules for online, patient-controlled health records

By Kimberly Leonard

Privacy groups say clearer rules are needed for online, patient-controlled health records, but an HHS study of the issue is 18 months late

Excluded groups want in on health information technology funding

By Kimberly Leonard

Economic stimulus package has $27 billion for health IT; excluded providers are fighting for a slice

Insurance brokers seek health reform change to safeguard profits

By Josh Israel

Insurance brokers seek change in health reform provision to protect profits

Excerpts from this story referencing "Carl McDonald":

"… ager to fix the bill, or that Democrats are eager to change it,” he said.Carl McDonald, a director at Citi Investment Research and a senior analyst covering the …"

Proposed bill aims to expand health IT funds to mental health providers

By Kimberly Leonard and Josh Israel

Stimulus bill left many providers out, but costs of including them may doom the measure....

GOP deficit-cutters eye health IT stimulus funds as Obama’s point man leaves

By Kimberly Leonard

Billions of unspent stimulus dollars slated for electronic health records are now a target for lawmakers searching the federal budget for cu

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kentucky":

"… 0.4 million has been spent, said a CMS press officer. Only four states — Kentucky, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Iowa — have begun to coordinate Medicaid incent …"

"… d Iowa — have begun to coordinate Medicaid incentive checks to providers.Kentucky was the first state to begin administering those Medicaid payments. It is …"

"… lways fear of losing the funds,” said Jeff Brady, executive director for Kentucky’s Office of Electronic Health Information. “You hang a $27 billion pie …"

Will digital technology reduce gap in health between rich and poor?

By Emma Schwartz

Two years ago, the Ethio American Health Center opened its doors in the nation’s capital, promising the country’s largest community of Ethio

Push for safety oversight of electronic medical records is moving at a crawl

By Emma Schwartz

Nearly two years after the Obama administration announced plans to spend $40 billion to help doctors and hospitals adopt electronic medical

Excerpts from this story referencing "FDA":

"… ned, but those certifications do not address the safety of the systems.The FDA, which considers electronic health records medical devices, has held off a …"

"… ing to an earlier probe by the Huffington Post Investigative Fund. And the FDA’s recent proposals for greater oversight have faced opposition from Blum …"

"… is not public. The largest collection the public can access comes from the FDA, which has received 370 reports of adverse events involving health informa …"

FDA, Obama digital medical records team at odds over safety oversight

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Previously undisclosed hospital mixup underscores challenges on road to reform

Amid digital records surge, a lack of policing by the FDA

By Emma Schwartz and Fred Schulte

Government offers incentives to buy electronic devices it doesn't track for safety

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York Times":

"… ecided to tighten regulatory oversight after articles appeared in the New York Times,associating the devices with some deaths.These lapses show that government …"

As doctors shift to electronic health systems, signs of harm emerge

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Reports link system malfunctions to injuries, deaths

Excerpts from this story referencing "Investigative Fund":

"… edical record system fails. Those reports, reviewed by the Huffington Post Investigative Fund, show that a central function of the record systems, known as computerized …"

"… patients died or suffered serious injuries.While the data obtained by the Investigative Fund affords only a small glimpse at problems with the system, it could suggest …"

"… rts in late February, did not disclose details from the reports, which the Investigative Fund obtained through an FDA database.The CPOE system is pivotal to the success …"

"… rm associated with software glitches and other system bugs.Altogether, the Investigative Fund identified 237 reports of “adverse events” associated with health info …"

Effort to track medical safety issues faces long road ahead

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Panel seeks centralized data on hazards related to digital systems

FDA asks hospitals to report safety glitches in digital health systems

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

In letter to 350 health centers, agency signals growing concern

Stimulus to push electronic health records could widen 'digital divide'

By Fred Schulte

Federal plan may leave behind small hospitals and rural doctors

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kaiser Permanente":

"… s bill was enacted — could receive windfall payments under the plan. The Kaiser Permanente health plan system, for example, has invested billions of dollars in digit …"

Experts: Safety oversight needed as patient records go digital

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

With digital transition approaching for many practices, safety and security issues continue to surface

Excerpts from this story referencing "Electronic health record":

"… ing to quickly fix reported software bugs and advise doctors of them. Electronic health records, or EHRs, can be widely adopted in the next ten years “if we are willin …"

FDA considers regulating safety of electronic health systems

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Reports of patient harm include six deaths in two years

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kaiser Permanente":

"… yo Clinic and some of the country’s pioneers of digital records, such as Kaiser Permanente, a California-based health system with more than eight million members. Gr …"

Shopping for health software, some doctors get buyer’s remorse

By Emma Schwartz

Volatile industry prompts calls for oversight of firms’ financial strength

Switch to electronic health records could miss federal targets

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Cut in stimulus spending suggests early estimates of the cost for the switch were too optimistic

Daschle had public and private role in push for digital health records

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Former Sen. Tom Daschle kept Washington's revolving door spinning

Excerpts from this story referencing "GOP House":

"… ject in May, alongside former Tennessee Republican Sen. Bill Frist, former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former chiefs of Medicare and the Food and Drug …"

Stimulus fuels gold rush for electronic health systems

By Fred Schulte

Competition among companies spawns bus tour, creative sales techniques

Excerpts from this story referencing "Philadelphia":

"… ptive sales tactics unfolded this past summer in a federal court battle in Philadelphia between two of the industry’s biggest players. In the lawsuit, Siemens M …"